Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 05, 2017


Tuesday bird walk December 05, 2017:
Finally it wasn’t raining and the Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach in French Creek! Third try lucky!  The morning was cloudy with calm winds. A Merlin was spotted perched high up in a tall snag. Several flocks of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Common Loons and Long-tailed Ducks were seen just off shore. Many flocks of Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers and Pacific Loons were seen further offshore. Eight Brant Geese were seen heading down the Strait of Georgia.  Flocks of Ancient Murrelets and Common Murre were seen heading up the Strait all morning.  We spotted a Fox Sparrow, a Song Sparrow, four Varied Thrush and four White-crowned Sparrows just off the trail.  Looking towards the horizon from French Creek, we were entertained by two Hump-backed Whales for fifteen minutes as they spouted and came in and out of the ocean. 
                                                            Merlin: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Eleven birders saw and heard the following forty-nine species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Geese
Brant
Harlequin Duck
American Wigeon
Mallard
Surf Scoter 
 White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead 
 Common Goldeneye
 Common Merganser 
 Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Ancient Murrelet
Common Murre
 Bald Eagle
Merlin
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Black-bellied Plover
 Black Oystercatcher
Dunlin
 Black Turnstone
 Mew Gull
 California Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Iceland Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull 
 Eurasian-collared Dove 
 Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
Steller’s Jay
Anna’s Hummingbird
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
 American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Dark-eyed Junco
Pine Siskin
Surf Scoters: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on December 12, 2017, will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the oceanside of Highway 19A in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.

Good Birding
Neil Robins

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